• Location: Dayton, OH
  • Favorite foods: Pizza, Oatmeal,

A Return to NY July 2-5

I should probably mention the type of food I like/don't like and a few other requests.

Love Pizza (Have heard Patsy's is pretty good and didn't hit it last time)
Love Bar Type Food (Burgers, fries, sandwiches)
Big Fan of Beer (Any cool bars?)
Like Chinese (Never had proper chinese though, or at least what I could have in NY as opposed to Dayton, OH)
Like Coffee Shops (Like making stops for coffee/iced drinks randomly and often)
No Indian(My stomach doesn't tolerate the spices)
Any Good Food Trucks (Don't really have any where I live)

Oh any good place to watch the world cup game on the 3rd?

2 Stops I am definitely making are Levain Bakery (best cookies I have ever had) and Holey Cream (Donuts + Ice Cream = a dessert literally out of my dreams). Shake Shack is probably going to happen at some point if I don't do it when I first get in and trying out the Big Gay Ice Cream truck would be cool too.

Chain Restaurant Meals Reinvented: 'Cook This, Not That'

I have been cooking out of this book for about the past month or so with 2 meals per week. Most have been successes and none have been terrible although the Mac N Cheese was by far the least satisfying of all the dishes.

SmashBurger Is Smashingly Good

Wow, I can't believe it but the one near me was pretty bad the one time I tried it. I liked their SmashFries but when 5 Guys is just a few miles down the road I will take 5 Guys over it any day.

My burger was so dry that I was glad I got a burger with some toppings or it would have been only half eaten.

Reality Check: Rally's Big Buford

I do love their french fries though. Best of any of the fast food in my opinion, but it has also been 3+ years since I have had fast food so I don't know if it holds up still today.

My NY Experience

I did tip the counter guy as I had heard from so many people to do so, but he never asked me how I wanted it. It tasted good just was revolutionary.

Yep that is the Brownstone Diner in Jersey City, off the Grove St Red Line from New Jersey to WTC.

How to Ship Baked Goods

Bubble wrap is your friend...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Championship: The Uptown Edition

I don't see why this should be controversial as I couldn't taste the walnuts and the chocolate flavor was so perfect that I could have eaten 3 of these, but as good as these are the peanut butter chip chocolate cookies are so much better.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Championship: The Midtown(ish) Edition

I have to agree on the City Bakery cookie. I tried 7 different ones while I was in NY and this is the only 1 I didn't finish. I didn't even take another bite after the first as the flavor was simply terrible.

What's Your Favorite Hot Chocolate In New York?

I was just in NYC and tried Jacque Torres, City Bakery, and the Shake Shack versions and while all were good I felt like Jacque just had the right combo of flavors to take it to the top.

Cook the Book: 'The Art and Soul of Baking'

Gotta be my Grandmother's Chocolate Peppermint Cremes. Think of an Orea but make the creme have a nice smooth peppermint flavor and nice chewy chocolate cookies on the outside...

Oh and they will beat the pants off of any Oreo.

Dec. 5-7 Loner Vacation

Barring any major changes here are my plans for the trip for anyone curious:

Saturday Lunch: Katz Deli/Shopsin's
Saturday Snack: Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Saturday Dinner: Minetta Tavern
Saturday Dessert: Rice to Riches & Sweet Revenge (I know 2 places!)

Sunday Morning Snack: Doughnut Plant
Sunday PseudoBreakfast: Chelsea Market
Sunday Lunch: Shake Shack
Sunday Snack: 2 Little Red Hens
Sunday Dinner: Motorino
Sunday Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar

Monday Breakfast: Brownstone Diner in New Jersey
Monday Lunch: Dim Sum GoGo/Katz (If I can make it to Shopsin's on Saturday, Katz will go here)
Monday Snack: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

I tried to maximize my locations based upon where I will be in the area and that is why some things are rearranged. Thanks again to everyone for your comments and suggestions. I know Sunday looks loaded and Saturday is kind of dessert heavy as well but who isn't up for a good challenge, right?

Dec. 5-7 Loner Vacation

Thanks again for the additional comments and after some further review I have replaced Lombardi's with Motorino, scratched King Papaya from Dinner from Sunday Dinner, and have added Minetta Tavern for Dinner on Saturday.

So pretty much Saturday is totally on lockdown so that is 1 day. Basically at this point I am looking at filling Sunday Breakfast and another dinner or lunch. I say either because I am willing to move things around based upon when it is best to hit some restaurants or depending on how early I need to get there.

For Motorino, how hard would it be to get a single spot by myself at lunch on Sunday or Monday? I am willing to move by Shake Shack meal to dinner on Sunday if it would be easier to do Motorino when I know I can get there right when they open on Sunday.

Thanks guys keep up the great work.

Dear Slice: 'Barring Di Fara, Where Should I Go for Pizza on My NYC Visit?'

Thanks everyone for all your great feedback, Josh S. here. I will fully admit that I don't know the difference between Naples and Neapolitan so forgive me if I made things confusing. I had narrowed down the list to these 3 based upon proximity to other items that I will be nearby.

As I had mentioned I just don't think that Di Fara is truly and option for me. With my schedule it looks like the only day I could potentially make it, is Monday and well I know they aren't open on Monday or Tuesday.

Based upon everyones recommendations and comments I think I will be choosing Motorino for my choice of pie. While I am all for history, I will be more certainly impressed with the taste of the pie rather than the history. Depending on a couple of factors I might be able to make it to Lombardi's if anything for comparison and completeness.

Dec. 5-7 Loner Vacation

Thanks everyone for all your suggestions. I have updated my list with some recommendations:

Saturday Lunch: Katz Deli
Saturday Dinner: Still Open
Saturday Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar

Sunday Morning Snack: Doughnut Plant
Sunday Breakfast: With Shopsin's closed I need a recommendation, maybe Dim Sum/is it cool to do it solo???
Sunday Lunch: Shake Shack
Sunday Dinner: Papaya King
Sunday Dessert: 2 Little Red Hens

Monday Breakfast: Brownstone Diner in New Jersey
Monday Lunch: Lombardi's
Monday Dinner: Airport unfortunately or leftover Lombardi's...

I know Sunday looks overloaded but I want to try and hit as much as possible and it will be my 1 heavy day. Typically I like Chinese food, or at least the closest thing you can get to Chinese in Ohio, as well as burgers and pizza the most. Not a big fan of bagels, but thanks for the recommendation.

For Saturday Dinner I was thinking either Blue Smoke or possibly Minetta Tavern for a higher end burger. I know that the Black Label Burger has been gushed upon a lot on A Hamburger Today and I am willing to have this be my biggest splurge...

My 1 remaining question is would it be worth trying to do Shopsin's on a Saturday for lunch as I have seen by most accounts that hours can be how would you say iffy and it can be ridiculously busy?

Thanks again for everyone's input it has been a lot of help...and a lot of fun doing more research.

Dec. 5-7 Loner Vacation

PS... I will actually be staying in Newark and Commuting in each day as it was much cheaper to do it that way.
PSS. @bobbob Yes I have a really large appetite as I run a lot, like a half or full marathon a month.

Dec. 5-7 Loner Vacation

Well bollocks! I thought Shopsin's was open on Sunday's...Thanks for double checking me. Looks like if I really want to go there I need to try and make that my first stop in the city when I get there on Saturday.

Albano's Pizzeria in Cicero: The Biggest and Best Pizza Puff in Chicago

That pizza puff looks awesome and is making me wish I was in Chicago right now.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 73: Sometimes Only Dark Chocolate Malted Milk Balls Will Do: What's Your Weakness?

Breakfast pastries of any sort pretty much. Donuts, danishes, muffins, sconse..I want to eat them all and could easily, and have done so in the past, downed half a dozen in a flash.

LaRosa's: A Tradition Cincinnatians Should Not Be Proud Of

I have to agree on LaRosa's that it is relatively bland and the only benefit is the sauce. My grandma dearly loves it but I can barely stand it.

I will agree as well that the pizza that a person grows up on is the one that they pretty much will go to bat for almost any time. Which is why I am such a die hard fan of Marion's in Dayton.

@Cary I am a devotee of the Marion's kind. There is just something delicious about their pepperoni with the thin cracker like crust. It may not be the best pizza ever, but I think it is the best that Dayton has to offer.

My Year in Hamburgers

Congrats Nick! I think you look forward to seeing our reactions as much as I look forward to seeing your reviews.

Great Jones Cafe: A Great Burger Whose Bun Renders It Merely Good

Those look incredible! I don't know if I could actually go out and eat most of the time if I lived in New York as I would probably explode from choice overload.

Dinner Impossible

I will be glad to see Irvine back as Symon, no offense to his cooking skills, just didn't have the personality to do the show.

Hamburger America: Thurman Cafe in Columbus, Ohio

You know I go to Cbus all the time and I have been by there and wanted to try it but I heard they only cook it to medium-well and to me that is just overly cooking it and going to take the flavor away from the patty as well as moisture. Anybdoy tried it?

One Dozen Trader Joe's Eggs, Each with a Double Yolk

Wow, I have never come across 1 let alone an entire dozen.

5ive Steak: A Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy Burger in the Middle of JFK Airport

Now, that is how every beefy burger should look. Haven't flown though JFK in a long time but maybe I need to see if I can get work to send me there.

A Return to NY July 2-5

So I may a trek to New York last December by myself and hit up a lot of things not knowing if I would get the opportunity to come back any time soon. Well low and behold but I am returning this Friday (9 pm) and staying through Monday around (5 pm) when I have to start making my trek back to the airport to leave.

I am currently evaulating places that I would like to hit and/or return to during this short jaunt. I am trying to fill up the following:

Friday Late Dinner (~9pm): Shake Shack???

Saturday Breakfast: Maybe Shopsin's Again
Saturday Lunch:
Saturday Dinner:

Sunday Early Breakfast (~8am)
Sunday Lunch: Preferably around Grand Central
Sunday Dinner: Occupied by Wedding

Monday Breakfast
Monday Lunch
Monday Early Dinner...Maybe (~4pm): Would prefer not to grab aiprort food unless Laguardia has some good stuff but that would be a first to hear about.

Oh and any snacks and stops along the way are highly encouraged... I love snacking throughout the day and have an insatiable sweet tooth.

The following are places I hit last time: Motorino, Minetta Tavern, Shake Shake(loved it!), Levain Bakery(okay), 2 Little Red Hens(loved it!) , City Bakery (terrible chocolate chip cookie), Katz (big let down), Shopsins(loved it!), Sweet Revenge(okay), Sugar Sweet Sunshine(okay), Momofuku Milk Bar(let down), Artichoke (loved it!), Donut Plant (okay), Rice to Riches(let down), Bouchon Bakery (liked it),

Nothing is really out of question but would like to keep it simple as that is the kind of food I like and not super expensive but I am willing to splurge on 1 meal. I got such great recommendations last time I would love to get some more...

Thanks in advance!

My NY Experience

Just thought I would do a quick follow up to my experience in NY considering I got so much guidance and help from people here. Here is a quick breakdown:

Shopsin's: While it was pricey, the flavors were out of this world and totally unique making it worth it. PS Luke and Zach are really nice guys if you can make a connection.
Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Best Cupcake deal, nice flavor.
Minetta Tavern: 26 is a lot for a burger but it was the best burger of my life with some really awesome fries. The bone marrow was good too.
Rice to Riches: Overpriced rice pudding, good but not worth it.
Sweet Revenge: Unique flavors that were good but fairly expensive.
Donut Plant: Good flavors but a little pricey, once in a while stop.
Amy Bread: Sticky bun was good top but too big that the bottom became rather flavorless.
Shake Shack: Great burgers, awesome fries, and outstanding custard (Got the gingerbread).
2 Little Red Hens: Ok red velvet, but mind-blowing brooklyn blackout.
Levain Bakery: Best cookies in america, peanut butter chip is better than chocolate chip.
Jacque Torres: Great hot chocolate, decent cookie.
Motorino: Awesome spicy soppresetta.
Artichoke: Great piece of spinach and aritchoke.
Momofuku Milk Bar: Just don't get the hype. Cookies were dry and ice cream was too pricey.
Brownstone Diner: Great pancakes (Nut n honey) and good atmosphere.
Katz: Overpriced for a not so mind blowing or big sandwich. Biggest dissapointment of the entire trip
Bouchon Bakery: Great TKO and decent chocolate chip.
City Bakery: Inedible chocolate chip, and decent hot chocolate.
Fat Witch: Ok brownie but nothing spectacular.

Dec. 5-7 Loner Vacation

For years now I have always wanted to go to New York to experience it myself and now I have the opportunity come this December and after lurking on the boards for a while after taking a hiatus from posting I have come up with a list of places that I plan on eating at during my time in the city. I will be arriving in Newark at around 10:30 on Saturday so I probably won't be able to make it to NY proper until 1ish(?) and will be leaving Newark at around 5 pm on Monday. Trying to keep the price reasonable but am open to splurging a little bit as this is my only vacation for who knows how long...

This is my current eating itinerary, but any suggestions/substitions are highly encouraged and welcomed.

Saturday Lunch: Need a recommendation please
Saturday Dinner: Katz's Deli
Saturday Dessert: Junior's Cheesecake

Sunday Morning Snack: Doughnut Plant (I Love Donuts!)
Sunday Breakfast: Shopsin's (Kind of initimidated from all the talk about eating there, so any advice would be nice)
Sunday Lunch: Shake Shack (I know I need to arrive early from lots of comments)
Sunday Dinner: Need a recommendation please

Monday Breakfast: Brownstone Diner in New Jersey
Monday Lunch: Lombardi's
Monday Dinner: Airport unfortunately or leftover Lombardi's...

Any tasty snack recommendations are also appreciated and I have a rather large appetite so I can throw down a lot.

Thanks in advance.

St. Louis Trip Next Month

So next month I will be traveling to St. Louis, for my first time ever, on business for a conference. I will be there from Monday until Friday mid-day/evening.

Basically I am open to any place that is somewhat local. I will be staying at the Drury Inn that is close to the Arch, so places within a close proximity to that would be nice.

No place is out of question and I am willing to pretty much try anything. My favorite foods tend to be diner and bar food but I also want to be willing to branch out and try local things.

If anybody has any recommendations for local joints that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks ahead!

Recipe Saved, Disaster Averted

This last weekend I was tasked with making dessert for my families Christmas get together (yes I know it isn't for 2 weeks but this is when we could get together). I decided to do my take on Devil's Food Cake with a white chocolate frosting instead of the typical chocolate frosting. I followed the recipe to the letter and the cake came out fine (if a bit on the dry side, need more butter next time) and the icing was a complete mess.

Obviously the translation between semi-sweet and white chocolate made for the frosting to break down. I got frustrated and decided to give in to premade frosting when I tried a last ditch effort and salvaged the icing, which everyone has told me is the best icing they have had in a long time.

Has anybody had a moment that made them feel proud to bring a recipe from what looked like a disaster to a great dish? It felt like a million bucks to me.

Where to eat in D.C.?

Hello, Serious Eaters! I'm headed to Washington, D.C. for the first time ever in a few weeks and am garnering restaurant suggestions (the only place I'm absolutely certain we will try right now is the restaurant/food court at the Native... More